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Brooklyn used to be home to 35 breweries, and soon-to-open Covenhoven beer bar in Crown Heights is giving you a chance to learn about some of them by hosting a panel on New York City brewing history and sampling some of the city’s best craft beers. The panelists will be Joshua M. Berstein, author of “The Complete Beer Course: Bootcamp for Beer Geeks;” David Naczycz, owner of Urban Oyster, which offers tours of New York City breweries; Sam Richardson, owner of Other Half Brewing in Carroll Gardens; and Ben Wiley, co-owner of Brooklyn beer bars Bar Great Harry, Mission Dolores, The Owl Farm and Glorietta Baldy.

Attendees will get to try beers from Kelso, Other Half Brewing Company, Finback Brewery, Peekskill Brewery and Barrier Brewing Company. The panel will take place tonight at 7 pm at Covenhoven at 730 Classon Avenue between Park and Prospect Place. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased here.

Image via Drink Local Facebook Page

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A new bar named The Baroness is coming to 41-26 Crescent Street, near Queens Plaza in Long Island City. The yellow legal paper taped in the window promises a new locally owned and operated establishment serving “wine, craft beer, flatbreads, cheese, charcuterie, and more.” The new watering hole will be a welcome addition to the blocks north of Queens Plaza, an area that is growing rapidly but currently lacks a neighborhood joint. Tucked in an older building next to two new luxury apartment buildings, the bar seems well-positioned for success. (Packard Square is located next door, and the Crescent Club is across the street.) Queens Plaza South is also seeing a new diner and bar opening soon. Peeking through the windows, work has barely started on the interior, so it could be a while before The Baroness begins pouring drinks for residents and JetBlue employees. Click through for one more photo. GMAP

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Long Island City

Sage General Store is installing a bar and will close  until the end of June when it will reopen with a full liquor license and new dinner menu. Owner Leslie Nilsson will also be opening a macaroon bar down the street by the end of August. Sunnyside pub owner, Pat Burke, plans on opening his fourth bar on Vernon Blvd by the end of August. His newest pub, Woodbine’s – named after the cigarettes his grandfather smoked in Ireland – will pour 16 craft beers and serve high-end pub food.

Astoria

Katch Bar & Grill opened at 3119 Newtown Ave with 50 beers on tap and more than 50 TVs. The beer garden will open soon.

Sunnyside

Jack’s Ale House reopened last Saturday at 39-46 Skillman Avenue with festivities that were chased indoors by the storm. The pub, owned by three firefighter brokers, closed two years ago for renovations.

Elmhurst

The Nevada Diner opened at 80-26 Queens Boulevard and offer free delivery of its gourmet dinners and baked-on-premises desserts.

The Rockaways

With Memorial Day just over and summer just beginning, Eater did a wrap up of the restaurants open near the now-open Rockaway beach: Rockaway Taco is open and now serving breakfast. Ripper’s on Beach 86 will be open. Caracas Arepas Bar served from a pop-up location at Beach 97th Street and Rockaway freeway and will post updates to their instagram account.

 

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments what opened in your neighborhood!

Photo from Mighty Sweet

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It’s time to plan for brunch again. Although the food choice is important, sometimes the drinks need to take center stage. The Mimosa is a classic. The Bellini is refreshing. The Bloody Mary is an excellent pick-me-up after a long night. This weekend, try picking your location based on a new cocktail like one of the ones from a couple of Astoria’s most popular brunch locales.

Sweet Afton

It’s happy hour during Sweet Afton’s brunch, so it’s the perfect time to try out one of their refreshing cocktails. Their list of brunch cocktails includes the Witte Screwdriver, which starts with Ommegang Witte and adds Citron Vodka, OJ, lemon, and ginger syrup.

Queens Kickshaw

Queens Kickshaw, Astoria’s go-to place for grilled cheese, also offers a delicious brunch, with a variety of slight variations on traditional brunch cocktails. The restaurant prides itself on its beer, mead, and cider list, so try its Mimosa substitute: Agua de Astoria, a sparkling cider with fresh squeezed OJ.

 

What is your favorite brunch cocktail? Do you prefer a classic drink or do you prefer one with a modern twist?

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The current Sweetleaf location in LIC – the future one will be near Gantry Park

Grub Street via NYT Diners Journal told us this week that Sweetleaf is expanding in two ways – a new location and the addition of cocktails, partnering up with Richard Boccato from Dutch Kills. This will be the second location in LIC (there is also another location in Williamsburg) and will be at 46-15 Center Boulevard (GMAP), one of the East Coast buildings. They’ll serve coffee during the day and liquor (cocktails, spirits, wine, beer) at night.

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The Museum of the City of New York wants your Sandy photos

The Museum of the City of New York has issued a call for submissions from both amateur and professional photographers for their photos of before, during and after Superstorm Sandy: “…the Museum of the City of New York seeks contemporary photographs of the areas and people affected by the storm – photographs that portray the region before the storm, during the dramatic hours of the storm’s landfall, the immediate aftermath, and the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts of individuals, organizations, and government agencies – for consideration for inclusion in an exhibition at the Museum to open in April.” Entry deadline is 12pm March 3, 2013. Photographers, we know you are out there! It’s free to enter, too.

Putting together the Unisphere

We’ve shared this on Facebook and loved it on Pinterest, but we just can’t get enough of this seriously cool image from the time they were putting the Unisphere together – it’s very Erector Set here.

Image source: Queens County Market Facebook page

The Waterfront Crab House in LIC is now open, first time since Sandy

DNAinfo reports that LIC’s Waterfront Crab House is now open! They had their soft opening on Tuesday. It really took a hit during Hurricane Sandy, with several feet of water inundating the historic eatery, causing a shut down of the place and seirous repair work to take place (“new floors, walls and a brand new bar”). Some of their antiques and other collectibles that hung on the walls were totally damaged and had to be thrown out, but some things managed to survive. So, if you were missing the Crab House, it’s time to go back!

If you want excellent beer, come to Queens

The borough has been know for a long time, actually as a place for great beer and a place to drink it – the Bohemian Beer Garden comes immediately to mind (it is one of the best known food/drink spots in Queens, along with Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights, Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, and Flushing’s Chinatown). But these days, beer has been “kicked up a notch” in Queens and fantastic craft/micro/nano brewed beer is coming out of the borough, especially in western Queens. There’s everything from Astoria’s own SingleCut Beersmiths to the somewhat mysterious Bridge and Tunnel nano-brewery. Then there are places to drink beer, like The Strand, Astoria Bier and Cheese, as well as the beloved Queens Kickshaw. So yeah, we’re not joking when we say there’s a beautiful beer scene in Queens.

Yoga is all the rage, but you probably knew that

Yoga is a really big deal all around Queens. There are different kinds (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, just to name a few) taught, sometimes a yoga class/session has more of an athletic aspect, while others include a spiritual element to it, too. But in this fast-paced world we live in, yoga can be a welcome change of pace for so many – men and women. We’ve got a list of places you can take a yoga class, as well as some background on yoga and why it has caught on so well in Queens.

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Image source: RMTip21 on Flickr

Yesterday was one of America’s biggest cultural holidays, the Super Bowl. It’s a huge day for many sports fans, and an excuse to gather together and eat and drink lots of rich party food. So did you partake? Did you watch the game? And did you eat lots of tasty treats? We’d love to know more, especially if you had something particularly delicious that was homemade, or went out to a spot that served some seriously good food. Let us know here in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!

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On Wednesday we marked the anniversary of Prohibition ending. The 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment. So what is your alcoholic beverage of choice – beer, wine, or liquor? Are you a craft beer fan or are you content with Bud and the like? Are you a white, rosé, or red wine drinker (or even port)? And are you a classic cocktail fan (e.g. Manhattan – though there is a Queens cocktail, too) or do you tend toward the fruity tropical drink? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!

And don’t forget our article on seasonal cocktails in Astoria and LIC, too!

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Image source: Laughing Devil Comedy Club

The Big Thing –The Laughing Devil Comedy Club (GMAP) hosts a night of laughs with the excitement of watching the next Big Thing. Funny people from around the Tri-State Area (and beyond) flock to the only comedy club in the outer boroughs on Wednesdays to impress the audience and club bookers. Those who kill on Big Thing night become club regulars. Expect special guests such as Adam Sank and Joyelle Johnson.

The Big Thing
Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
8 p.m.  |  $10

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Image source: Courtyard Ale House

Yesterday we published a great piece on where to find seasonal beer in Queens. Do you have a favorite seasonal beer? Maybe something dark or something with pumpkin? Something with spices? This is a great time of year for beer (but let’s face it, most times are a good time for beer). We’d love to know some of your favorites for this time of year. Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity.